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   of the week from NBC Washington. (CC)  

    July 2, 2011
    5:30 - 6:00am EDT  

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welcome to "news4 this week." >> hi there, i'm wendy rieger. we're going to show you some of the more interesting local stories that made news this week. among them, riding in style. these teens are getting to cruise around in corvettes, and they don't even have a license. and what is your workout? a competitive body builder shows us how he stays fit despite a disability. a national blog says the best-dressed college students are right here in d.c. but first, a school and a strip club. there are plans to open up a new adult business. next to an educational facility in northeast d.c. some residents actually welcome the change. but as derrick ward explains,
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others, oh, they are not real happy about this. >> long-time ivy city residents remember a different era here along west virginia avenue. >> all these places here were occupied by businesses, legal businesses. not shops like this. you had clothing stores along here, schools. >> reporter: now another kind of business. >> on sundays all the way to church, i come down montreal avenue, and the first thing you see is a person waving at cars. this is sunday morning. >> residents say back in 2007 there was hope. there was an effort to open up a new dancing establishment, and it was turned back. and a vocational school opened up a new beginning. these residents thought the becoming of new beginnings meant a new beginning for the whole neighborhood. little did they know events across town would have bearing on what happened here. it all started with the building of the new nats stadium. >> no other strip club has relocated from where the ballpark used to be to any other
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ward. they're all being forced into ward 5. and, you know, we don't want that to happen. >> reporter: and when the alcoholic beverage control boards granting of a liquor license to a new club slated to open here, they fear they're becoming a red light district. >> the things we have been told is in some sense that we should be grateful and thankful that we have a strip club that has the status or the environment surrounding that it has. and so that's something we should be grateful about. we're saying no strip club. >> reporter: residents say the license was granted at a closed-door meeting at the city's abc board and say even the ivy city of old would be better than the one they see ahead. >> what used to be here were warehouses and jobs really good jobs. i would like to see those return. >> reporter: derrick ward, news4. meanwhile n southwest, that ballpark, the nationals ballpark has had an impact on things in northeast. but development around that stadium has been pretty slow. that's about to change with new shops, restaurants and more.
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tom sherwood has a look at what's ahead for that area. >> reporter: the district in forest city development showed off new work on residential apartments that had been stalled during the recession. and announced that a half dozen restaurants and a harris grocer are signed and finally coming to the area in the next 12 to 24 months. >> and is it really is taking off. i really believe this is going to be one of the nicest new neighborhoods really in our country. it slowed down with the recession, but this announcement today means that we're back on track. >> reporter: right now, thousands of office workers have few choices for lunch time food and dinner meetings, but that soon will change. >> you come down here at lunch time in the park, you'll see lots of people eating a brown bag lunch. and now they'll have a restaurant they can go to as well. there's over 30,000 daytime workers here, over 3,000 new residents and the neighborhood that is changed in the last few years. >> when i was driving down this morning, if you remember what this used to look like down here and just to see all of the development, the frames and all,
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it's really exciting. >> reporter: with the new urban amenities of parks and promenades, some long-time residents worry the jobs and homes will go mainly to wealthier newcomers. >> the responsibility, there is a community that lives here prior to that. and where will they go after the development takes place? >> my concern is just what urban development means, who is it for? does it take everyone into account. >> reporter: city business leaders say there is opportunity for all. >> we all have complained about the recession over the last couple years. i being one of those. it's been tough. however, this is still the best place to be when you compare us to other municipalities. >> reporter: tom sherwood, news4, washington. and the city says some of the housing being built around the stadium is being reserved for lower and middle income residents. well, some of the most stylish college students in the nation are right here in d.c. they are at howard university.
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that's right. the huffington post put howard at number two on its list of best-dressed colleges, right behind nyu. that blog commends howard students for their confident and colorful style. florida state is third. and parsons, the new school for design in new york, it comes in fourth. the word "stylish" probably doesn't come to mind when you think about the car you used while you were learning to drive. mine was a hornet the. a yellow hornet. that's not the case for some teenagers in montgomery county. they are learning the rules of the road in one of the coolest cars out there. >> reporter: we've all been there, hours in the classroom taking writing tests, watching driving videos, all leading up to the rote lesson. you hop up to the chevy cavalier and take care of business. but potomac driving school decided they needed more power. >> i came out and he said i never got to learn in a corvette
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and i said what? and i see a corvette pulled over on the side. >> reporter: she's behind the wheel of a 2007 chevy corvette. world class performance and a v8 engine with 400 horsepower complete with an instructor brake and student driver plastered on the rear end. >> i had a lady take a picture while i was at a stoplight. it was kind of funny. >> reporter: ben frazier runs the school and bought two corvettes in 2007 to teach. kids. how to drive. no, seriously. >> when you are driving a car like this, you're more alert, very cautious, and i think they learn faster and are not goofing off because they're very, very nervous at the beginning. after that, they just sit back and relax and drive. >> reporter: so fphie proved it with 100 hours behind the wheel before frazier put her in the vet. the minimum is 30 hours. vanessa has been there. >> i think it made me more cautious, because i knew it was an expensive car and i knew i had to be careful. >> i don't want to hurt the car. i mean, i already scraped the
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bottom a little bit. >> reporter: corvette is a fast car and some parents are concerned a fast car means a fast student driver. both the students and instructors will tell you, that's not an issue. >> >> there's a lot of power. if you drive a lamborghini or volkswagen or toyota or whatever, same speed limit for all. >> reporter: students who drive this vet don't pay more for the course, but knowing it's a $60,000 car keeps them in check. >> a corvette would be fun, but i don't trust myself in a corvette as a new driver. i would rather stick with my minivan and later in life move to the corvette. >> reporter: aaron gilchrist, news4, rockville. still ahead, the gift of life. a mother talks about the treatment that saved her from the heartbreak of another miscarriage. >> it was actually a move from hell. they broke his furniture, stole some of his things and he paid them. how you can avoid a similar moving day mess.
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>> oh, no! oh! >> president obama. he's a baby-whisperer. watch this. a mother came to the white house and wanted a picture with her child with the president. and she -- that baby was just crying her eyes out. but when the baby couldn't stop
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crying, mrs. obama handed her to the president, and as you just saw, the wailing stopped. you can tell from mrs. obama's jaw-drop she was surprised by the president's baby-calming abilities. now if he could just do that with the republicans over our economy and our debt. okay. not likely. an estimated 37 million americans will move to a new home this year. hiring movers could determine just how good or bad that experience is going to be. one maryland man learned that the hard way. liz crenshaw has more on how to avoid a moving day mess. >> this was a mistake from the beginning. this wasn't just three guys showing up who couldn't do the work. the whole process was bad. >> reporter: curt betts of bethesda, maryland moved from a townhouse to a new home a few miles away. the movers showed up late. and that was just the beginning of his moving mess. >> the men that came, came without normal moving equipment.
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they didn't have the cell cellophane, cushioning materials, no tape. >> reporter: during the course of the move, betts says the movers destroyed some of his belongings, broke into his wife's jewelry, drank his liquor, and broke five pieces of furniture. >> this is one of the pieces they wrecked. >> reporter: an tique desk that had been passed through betts' family. >> it's more sentimental, and then when something like this is destroyed, it's just a heartbreak. >> reporter: he says the movers stopped every few hours, and charged his credit card a couple hundred dollars for payment. an anticipated eight-hour move took fifteen hours. betts got so frustrated -- >> i had friends help. we all carried stuff. you're a hostage at that point. >> it doesn't have to be a nightmare, and there are some really good companies in the washington area. >> reporter: washington consumers checkbook rated more than 30 washington, d.c. area movers, companies like this one, ron's moving out of fairfax,
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virginia, received a top rating. while others not so much. >> there are very big differences in it price from one mover to another. and so you really need to get competitive quotes from different movers. >> reporter: for example, checkbook got quotes for packing and moving a three-bedroom house from mclean to falls church. it found moving rates changed from $3,700 to more than $7,500. and the rate per hour for a four-person crew ranged from $175 to $250 an hour. >> you want to have more than one mover come to your home. and then you want to get a binding, fixed price contract from each of those movers, and then you really have something to compare. and it should be in writing. >> reporter: besides getting a binding, fixed price in writing from the mover, also be sure to include a list of inventory and the condition of your belongings. make sure you're present when your belongings are loaded and unloaded.
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and read the bill of lading before you sign it. and keep it until your shipment is delivered, paid and all claims, if any, are settled. doing your homework could keep you from suffering like kirk betts. >> this was the move from hell, and it really was. it was absolutely a move from hell. >> reporter: liz crenshaw, news4. welcoming up, a local body builder with a disability shows us why his workout takes more than muscle. the new treatment that's helping to put an what makes the sleep number store different? you walk into a conventional mattress store, it's really not about you. they say, "well, if you want a firm bed you can lay on one of those, if you want a soft bed you can lay on one of those." we provide the exact individualization that your body needs. this is your body there. you can see a little more pressure in the shoulders and in the hips. then they start telling us, "well, yeahel sore right there in the morning." my lower back. that's right where been ex. now you can feel what happens as we raise your sleep number setting
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news4 your health. a new life-saving treatment is helping some women have children after years of trying. this was recently approved by the fda and one local hospital is having great success with this. doctors say it saved one maryland mother's life so that she could have a child. dorene gentzler with details.
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>> there's a lot of praying. it's a lot of crying and there was a lot of hoping that it was going to get better. >> reporter: 36-year-old mckeys faceson ricks couldn't carry a pregnancy to term. she miss carried about six months into the pregnancy. >> you get your hopes up, everyone looking forward to it, making plans and the miscarriage is really disappointing. >> reporter: several doctors struggled to figure out what was going on. it wasn't until they went to shady grove hospital that doctors were able to diagnose the problem. they said she was suffering from a disorder called anti thrombin 3 deficiency when the blood clots too much. it can cause pulmonary embowlisms and also major problems in pregnancy. there is the risk the baby could be small inside the womb, called
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growth restriction. the blood vessels in the umbilical cord can develop small clots. so once she was determined to have this disorder, she was placed on an anti clotting medication. >> reporter: blood thinners will keep mother and baby safe, but the medication must be stopped just before and after the birth. that's because if the patient was to need a cesarean section, she could risk hemorrhaging, which could lead to death. but being without those drugs puts the mother in danger. >> and during the 72-hour period, she has a very high risk of developing a blood clot. the risk of hemorrhage was greater than the risk of blood clot. >> reporter: doctors were working with her, hoping to give her the child she wanted so badly, but they also wanted to keep her safe during this critical time period. the answer to their prayers, a new drug therapy called thrombait. >> it's absolutely a god send. as long as the medication is
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administered properly and the dosage is adequate, there is virtually no chance of these patients having a clot. >> you're apprehensive, but it's like a gleam of hope. >> reporter: doctors delivered a healthy baby boy. >> it was an uneventful delivery and that's the exciting part. >> it was wonderful. it was just a peaceful moment. >> reporter: dorene gentzler, news4. >> nice. you know, we've got a million reasons for skipping the gym, but let's meet pat leahy to get some motivation. pat is blind, and he is -- but he is not only staying fit, he competes in amateur weight lifting competitions. we caught up with him and asked him, what's your workout? >> my name is pat leahy. i'm a amateur body builder, and i'm blind. i was born blind.
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it's called levers congenital am rosis. i basically have a very, very small amount of peripheral vision, which is side vision. since day one, my -- 6 or 7 years old, my parents very much encouraged me to be involved with athletics, whether it be swimming or gymnastics or wrestling. and then when i was about 18 years old, i got into the gym and just fell in love with it. although i wear this sweatshirt, i think if you ask just about anybody around here, they don't think of me as blind. it's just oh, there's pat. he might need extra help getting around from time to time, or might bump into somebody once in a while. >> he comes in, he knows the whole gym. he can navigate three floors we have in this gym. >> the only thing i would do differently than other people, i kind of have my cues around the gym as far as where i am. i know by feeling with my feet sometimes i'll be able to tell a different raised spot in the
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floor. the dumbbells when i grab them, i know the thickness of them versus being able to read on them what the weights are. >> there are extra challenges. you have to be able to verbally walk him through exercises. normally you take somebody through a workout, you tell, show them and then do it for them. well, to show them and then to do it for them, it doesn't really apply to pat. but pat picks up very well. >> i always wanted to do a body building competition. and looking at the whole big picture, it's a way to overcome a challenge, and inspire others. >> i think, wow, people, no one has an excuse. just in life, if he can do it, anybody can do it. >> always a way to get it done. you know, as we do it in here. there's always a way to figure it out without sight. >> well, pat leahy competed last year, and it was his first amateur body building competition, and he won an award for having the best poses. he plans to compete again this year. coming up next, one of my
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a local family raised thousands of dollars to fight cancer, just because their pet ran away. dozer is their dog, a 3-year-old golden doodle. he escaped from their yard in may, and during his freedom run, wait for it, he joined a half marathon. there he is. go, dozier! this video ended uppen youtube. look at him go. he is so into it, like where are we going? i've been there. dozier entered this race at the 5-mile mark, and he is seen crossing the line two hours and fourteen minutes later. well, this youtube video is so popular that his family decided to turn it into a fund-raising page. they have raised $13,000, thanks to dozier's run for maryland's green baum cancer have.
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and they got dozier back. that's the important thing, as well. for 70 years, uso members have welcomed our troops home. they also send care packages to service members abroad. well, now the uso has started something new at ft. belvoir aimed at helping our wounded warriors and their families in modern times now. julie carey with their story. >> reporter: master sergeant william gibson is unusual. although he lost much of his left leg after being shot in iraq, he became the first above the knee amputee to return to the battlefield. still, like thousands of other wounded warriors, he knows well the difficulty of the recovery process. >> when you get in the hospital and you really slow from fifth gear to first gear, that's hard to accept. >> reporter: but a new effort to smooth that difficult transition and many others facing wounded warriors and their families. over the next 18 months, this piece of ground will be transformed into the first-ever stateside wounded warrior family center. it will be operated by the uso, a group that knows a thing or
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two about boosting the spirits of service members. >> we have learned that healing is much more than just a physical process. true and complete healing encompasses physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family healing. >> reporter: as it begins construction, the uso is also launching what they have dubbed operation enduring care, a $100 million fund-raising campaign to build two family centers. one at ft. belvoir, where the new army hospital is opening soon, and at the new walter reid medical center in bethesda. >> this is not going to be another building. this is going to be a home. where families can retreat, and have some tranquility. >> reporter: these buildings still under construction will become the new warrior transition unit where service members will stay once they're out of the hospital. but still, recovering and receiving treatment, and then conveniently just a few steps away they'll be able to go to the brand-new family center. the family center will have play spaces for visiting kids, movie theatres, classrooms and business centers. a big focus will be helping wounded vets chart a path to a
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new career if necessary. >> we stress jobs, you know? i think that's what we need to do more of, that veterans do have a lot to offer. >> reporter: he and gibson say the uso is uniquely equipped to meet the need that only grows as more wounded return home from iraq and afghanistan. >> been doing it for 70 years, going to do it for a long time in the future, not only in the support abroad, support in the airports, but nor support bedside. >> reporter: julie carey, news4. >> nice. and that's it for news4 this week. i'm wendy rieger. that you for joining
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